'House of Cards' star shines on the scene

Washington's most famous White House correspondent showed up to the Creative Coalition's dinner at the STK steakhouse for pre-White House Correspondent Dinner festivities. 

No, it wasn't NBC's Chuck Todd. It was Constance Zimmer, who plays Janine Skorsky in Washington's favorite drama "House of Cards." 

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On the Netflix thriller, she played the "Washington Herald's" gritty White House correspondent who then left to work for edgy web news startup Slugline. 

Zimmer joked at the Friday dinner that without her character's long braid — her hair is now above shoulder-length — no one recognizes her. 

But she plays one of the most prominent characters on the show, which portrays the inner workings of Congress through the eyes of the politician Frank Underwood.

Zimmer said the best part of her character on House of Cards was getting to play a real person. 

"I got to tell you, I love representing you guys. I love representing real people," she told the Hill. 

Zimmer has also played a journalist on the HBO series “The Newsroom.” There, she played a conservative journalist, while on House of Cards, she plays a liberal one.

"I love being able to represent both sides,” she said.

Zimmer said she looked forward to season three of “House of Cards,” but would not leak any details about what lies ahead. 

"The third year is kind of a bonus for all of us and for all of you. But we really don't know what's going on, so I have no comment...but we are very excited," she said.